International Recipes

Easy Crustless Bacon Quiche – Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Recipe

This easy crustless bacon quiche is brimming with flavor. It is ready to cook in just minutes and is sure to become one of your family’s favorite breakfast recipes. The history of quiche recipes Although we think of quiche as a French dish, this type of dish was cooked much earlier in many other countries. …

Authentic German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

This authentic German potato salad recipe has a rustic homemade taste and texture that makes it a great side dish for any summer BBQ or special occasion. I make potato salad all the time.  My grandmother had a great recipe that she served on Thanksgiving and it is scrumptious.  But sometimes I am not in the…

Antipasto Platter Tips – 14 Ideas for the Perfect Antipasti Platter

Antipasto Platter with specialty meats and cheeses

  An antipasto platter is a delicious combination of cheeses, vegetables and meats, usually served with good wines.  It’s a great way to start an evening with friends and is very easy to put together. Antipasto, (the plural is called antipasti)  when translated, means “before the meal.” Antipasti platters are meant to stimulate your guest’s appetite before…

Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers – Easy One Pot Recipe

Italian sausage and peppers oven baked casserole

This recipe for baked Italian sausage and peppers is oven baked in one dish for a really easy week night meal. Flavorful whole sausages are combined with tomatoes, Italian seasonings, sweet peppers and onions for a tasty dish that is really simple to prepare. It is one of my favorite 30 minute meals. One of…

Spaghetti Recipes – Easy Ideas for Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti recipes for Italian night

Spaghetti recipes are always a big hit at our house. They are cold winter comfort food at their tastiest. There are literally dozens of ways to incorporate a tasty spaghetti sauce into a quick and easy weeknight dinner sensation. One of my earliest spaghetti recipes was a combination of both beef and pork that became a…

One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

Thai red curry

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I…

Pumpkin Chili for Fall – Crock Pot Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Turkey chili with pumpkin puree

I use pumpkin a lot in the fall, both for decor and in my recipes, but most of the recipes that I have made in the past have been sweet pumpkin desserts. This tasty pumpkin chili uses pumpkin puree to make a more savory dish that your whole family will enjoy. Cooking chili in the…

Seasoned Cauliflower Rice – Mexican Style

Mexican cauliflower rice

This Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is very easy to make and has a Mexican spice combination that gives the side dish a delicious flavor.  I served it recently with my Mexican Chori Pollo Recipe to make a lovely and tasty gluten free meal. Making Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is quick and easy! I love carbs as much…

Gluten Free Mexican Chori Pollo

Chorizo pollo recipe

It’s time for one of my favorite international dishes – Mexican Chori Pollo.  This recipe is full of bold flavors, topped with cheese and baked in the oven for one amazing meal. If you eat at Mexican restaurants often, you will likely have seen Chori Pollo offered as a choice.  The dish is similar to…

Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

Broccoli side dish

This clean eating broccoli salad features cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds and green onions and a creamy vegan dressing made with Mirin, orange juice and almond butter. It is great served either as a side dish, or main course salad. I love to make my own salad dressing. First of all, it allows me to put…

Asian Zuccini Noodle Salad with Spicy Dressing

Asian salad made with spiralized vegetables

This delicious Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad is a wonderful mixture of zucchini, cabbage, carrots, sweet bell peppers, and shallots, tossed with a spicy almond butter dressing. It’s light, fresh, and super easy to make! If you are looking for a healthy meal for lunch time, you can’t go wrong with this one! Yummy, creamy stick to your…

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

No crust quiche

This crustless quiche Lorraine is a great alternative to the normal recipe.  It has all the flavors of a Julia Child’s traditional quiche Lorraine but has far less fat and calories and no crust. Trust me, you won’t miss those extras at all. It tastes amazing and makes a great addition to your collection of…

Crock Pot Curried Chicken – Paleo and Whole30 Compliant

Chicken Curry cooked in a crockpot

This crock pot curried chicken recipe will have your whole house smelling amazing while it cooks. Coming home to a dinner that is just about ready for the table is a treat on a busy week night! It makes a nice addition to my collection of crock pot recipes. My husband is fond of any…

Turkey Stuffed Peppers – Paleo – Whole30 – Gluten Free

These stuffed peppers with ground turkey are healthy and clean.

Stuffed peppers normally have lots of rice and cheese in the recipe. Since I am trying to have really clean recipes lately, these turkey stuffed peppers are a healthier way to enjoy this traditional dish. My husband loves to “find bargains” for me when we grocery shop.  The other day he came upon a basket of…

Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

Italian sweet potatoes

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish.  They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe…

Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill Sauce

Pan seared halibut with a butter dill sauce

This recipe for Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill sauce is a perfect way to serve this delicious fish, whether you are a gourmet cook or still finding your way around the kitchen.  The sauce is mild but very flavorful and is made before the fish is cooked to make sure that the whole…

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

See what made the list of the most famous posts of 2016 for The Gardening Cook. This year, household tips, gardening tips and one great recipe made the top 10!

Each year, at the end of December, I take stock of what worked (and what didn’t!) on my blog.  Sometimes, I am surprised when a blog post makes my top 10 list for the past year when I wasn’t expecting it.  Other times, I think “not you again” when a tried and true favorite post…

30 Minute Pork Stir Fry

This 30 minute pork stir fry is full of flavor and so easy to make.

This post was sponsored by Smithfield as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for a 30 minute pork stir fry. This is such a busy time of the year with all the holiday preparation, cooking and shopping to do.  To combat…

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta – A Delicious 30 Minute Meal

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta

My family loves any recipes that have pasta in it, and I love coming up with new ideas to tempt them and see if my latest creation makes their favorite list!   This delicious Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, and I can also make it for my family…

Chunky Roasted Tomato Vegetable Marinara with Pasta

Roasted Tomato Vegetable Marinara Sauce with Pasta

This chunky roasted tomato vegetable marinara sauce with pasta dish is the perfect meal for Meatless Monday (or any day of the week!) I enjoy eating meals that don’t have any meat in them, especially for lunches. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias …

Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers – a Spicy Dinner Time Recipe

Mexican style stuffed peppers #TexasPete #SaborbyTexasPete #ad

My husband and I often eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  When we do, you can guarantee that at least one of us will have chile rellenos. This Mexican staple features chili peppers stuffed with meat and cheese.  Since my husband is the lover of heat in recipes and I like things a bit…

Mango Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips

Mango salsa

Summer is getting closer and that means that grilling season and get togethers are right around the corner. If you are looking for a tasty appetizer to start off your next BBQ, you can’t go past this recipe for mango salsa and homemade tortilla chips. Looking for an easy party appetizer? Try this recipe for…

Light Seafood Piccata with Pasta

seafood piccata

My husband and I love seafood and often choose it when we eat at our favorite restaurants.  But, so many times, the restaurant version is full of heavy cream and lots of butter, which is not so great if one is trying to watch their weight.  This light seafood piccata with pasta gives me all the…

Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas

skinny ground turkey enchiladas

It’s pretty much guaranteed, in our house, when I ask the question of my husband “where would you like to eat out tonight?” that he will pick one of his favorite Mexican restaurants.  So, it’s also pretty much guaranteed that I have a long list of Mexican recipes that I will be trying at home,…